ICFJ to Launch Online Multimedia Course for Middle Eastern Journalists

Distance-learning effort in Arabic will be the first in a series

Feb 11, 2008, 00:00 ET from International Center for Journalists

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Center
 for Journalists (ICFJ) announces a new online course for Arabic-speaking
 journalists: "How to Create a News Web Site." Veteran journalist Daoud
 Kuttab will lead the six-week program, which will gather together Arab
 journalists from across the region in a virtual classroom.
     The course, conducted in Arabic, begins April 1. It is designed to
 provide practical, hands-on lessons on a variety of topics related to news
 Web site development, strategy and management. Journalists must apply by
 March 3.
     "The Internet has become vital in disseminating news in the Middle
 East," said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. "This course, the first of many
 to come, was created after journalists in the region expressed interest in
 training in the best practices of digital journalism."
     The instructor, Kuttab, is widely recognized as a leader in online news
 reporting in the Arab world. He helped establish the Arabic Media Internet
 Network in 1995 and founded AmmanNet radio, the region's first Internet
 radio site, in 2000. He is a regular columnist for The Jordan Times, The
 Jerusalem Post and Lebanon's Daily Star and his writing has appeared in The
 New York Times, The Washington Post, and other leading publications. He has
 also co-produced a number of award-winning documentaries and children's
 television programs.
     "This is an opportunity for enterprising Arab journalists to learn the
 tools to create and publish quality, original information from and for
 their communities without any external filters or pressures," said Kuttab,
 who is presently Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.
     The course is sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy. In the
 coming year, ICFJ will add courses on key important in Arabic as well as in
     The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit,
 professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the
 belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human
 condition. Since 1984, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 40,000
 journalists from 176 countries. Aiming to raise the standards of
 journalism, ICFJ offers hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships
 and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the
 globe. For more information or to apply to the course, visit
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SOURCE International Center for Journalists